2012 Silent Auction Preview!

I have had the pleasure to speak with some of you already but for those of you I haven’t, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jordan and I’ve been serving as FLC’s Event Coordinator Intern since January. My primary focus has been assisting in planning the 28th annual Florida Literacy Conference and I have to admit that I’m extremely excited about our Silent Auction this year. I wanted to share a few of my favorite items we’ll have at the auction for our conference attendees to bid on!

  • Two round-trip tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S. that Southwest flies. There are no blackout dates and checking luggage is always free with Southwest! Now there is no excuse to not take that tropical vacation you have been daydreaming of.
  • Admission tickets into Florida’s most exciting attractions including; Seaworld, Universal Studios, Bush Gardens, and any of the four Disney parks. Make a family fun day out of any of these auction items!
  • And my personal favorite auction items, three different photography packages for family portraits by Cason Photography. There is nothing like a beautiful family photo with Tampa’s natural beauty as your backdrop.

All proceeds from the silent auction will help FLC support community based literacy organizations with their training and program development needs. The auction will be open for bids beginning Wednesday, May 9 at 8:30am and will close on Thursday, May 10 at 3:10pm.

Besides the items aforementioned, we will have many more fabulous gifts to bid on so be sure to stop by the silent auction tables and bring back something for your loved ones!


Are there any items that you would love to see at our silent auction? Tell us about them and I will set out to see what I can do!

Key Features of WTI’s Career Pathways to Success Program

In a recent FLC webinar, Judy Johnson, of Witlacoochie Technical Institute, provided session participants with helpful information about implementing a career pathways program.  Read some of the highlights of the webinar and be sure to contact Hope Lynn @ FLC if you want to partner with us in developing a career pathways coaching program!


1:  A focus on Career Pathways provides a context for academic achievement, motivation for students to remain in school, guidance for career selection and a foundation for career pursuit, use of career preparation to provide interdisciplinary problem-solving and critical thinking application, and a foundation for lifelong learning—and lifelong earning.

2:  Strong Advisory Committee that includes Adult Education Students, WTI Administrative Staff, WTI Student Services Staff, WTI Adult Education and CTE Instructors, College of Central Florida Staff, Workforce Board Members, Program Advisory Council Members

3:  Improved Student Performance as documented by assessment scores and postsecondary transition data.

4:  Enhanced Intake and Referral Process that includes identification of a Career Pathway and the development of an Educational and Career Pathway Transition Plan.

5:  Enhanced Recruitment and Retention Strategies include goal setting and needs assessment to identify barriers to program completion, and providing workshops and services designed to assist students in overcoming those barriers. These include access to free daycare at our suite as well as workshops on such topics as Time Management, Organization, Financial Literacy, Test Taking Skills, Study Skills, Financial Aide, and Navigating the Postsecondary Application Process. Tutoring in Math and Writing is also provided.

6:  Career Counseling is provided by the Career Transition Facilitator and WTI Guidance Counselors. They coordinate the transition process by providing ongoing academic and career counseling through use of the Educational and Career Pathway Transition Plan, CHOICES, and Career Pathway roadmaps developed with our staff.

7:  The creation and implementation of a local relational database that allows all stakeholders to have access to student information and provides a mechanism for tracking student progress and goal attainment. The Educational and Career Pathway Transition Plan is generated within the database and provides structure and motivation for student success.

The Economic Benefits from Halving the Dropout Rate

A 2010 report, The Economic Benefits from Halving the Dropout Rate: A Boom to Businesses in the Nation’s Largest Metropolitan Areas, from the Alliance for Excellent Education covered the economic benefits of increasing the number of people with high school diplomas. Two Florida cities were highlighted: Jacksonville and Miami.

In Jacksonville, an estimated 7,700 students dropped out from the Class of 2008. If 3,900 of these students were to go on and achieve a high school diploma, it is estimated that they can earn an extra $48 million more in an average year. That extra income would provide an additional $36 million to the local economy and these 3,900 people would have an additional $13 million in savings and investments. As a result of higher wages and spending, the local community would see an additional $3 million in tax revenues. The additional spending would have also resulted in the creation of an additional 400 jobs by the time they reached the midpoint of their careers.

In Miami, an estimated 33,600 students dropped out from the Class of 2008. If 16,800 of these students were to go on and achieve a high school diploma, it is estimated that they can earn an extra $212 million more in an average year. That extra income would provide an additional $157 million to the local economy and these 3,900 people would have an additional $55 million in savings and investments. As a result of higher wages and spending, the local community would see an additional $16 million in tax revenues. The additional spending would have also resulted in the creation of an additional 1,950 jobs by the time they reached the midpoint of their careers.

When adult learners succeed, we all succeed. Thank you again to our volunteers and learners who are working so hard!

Ruth Colvin, Founder of Literacy Volunteers of America, to speak at the Florida Literacy Conference

Ruth Colvin

The Florida Literacy Coalition is proud to announce that Ruth Colvin, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, will be a keynote speaker at the 2011 Florida Literacy Conference. Ruth is the founder of Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc., a national, non-profit, educational, volunteer organization to help combat the illiteracy problems in the USA. LVA has merged with Laubach Literacy and is now ProLiteracy Worldwide.

Since 1962, when Ruth started LVA, she and her husband, Bob, have traveled all over the United States and to 26 countries, giving workshops in Basic Literacy (BL) and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).   The recipient of nine honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degrees, Ruth also received, in 1987, the President’s Volunteer Action Award, presented by President Ronald Reagan, and in 2006 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented by President George W. Bush. Ruth was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1991.

Ruth is an author of books on various topics including literacy, with titles such as I Speak English: A Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages-Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing.  She and her husband, Robert Colvin, live in Syracuse, New York, USA.

We are so honored to have Ruth Colvin speak at the conference. Make sure that you are registered for the conference so that you do not miss the opportunity to hear Ruth share her experience.

Share Your Literacy Know-How

Sharing is caring, so share your thoughts on literacy with the Florida Literacy Coalition and our literacy family.

Post your favorite tutor tips, lesson plans, resources or news bits on the FLC blog!  To do so, simply fill out the Blogger Information Form and submit your ideas.  We don’t need the entire post (on the form), just an idea about what you’d like to share.

And don’t be afraid to honk your own horn!  Share news and exciting things about your literacy program or what’s happening to improve literacy where you live!

Knowledge is power!  The more we know, the more people we can help.

Don’t Miss FLC’s Virtual Tutor/Teacher Trainings

FLC is offering TWO virtual tutor/teacher trainings this month.  These trainings are free; participants need to have telephone and internet access simultaneously to participate.  Click here to read the presenters’ bios. These training sessions are specifically designed to assist literacy tutors and teachers.


  • Training Topic: Strategic Reading Instruction to Improve Comprehension for Struggling Reader
  • Date: June 22
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 
  • Instructor: Iris Strunc, Northwest Florida State College
  • Description: Although many school hours are devoted to reading instruction, many students simply do not understand what they read.  This training will explain how strategic analysis of text can help focus struggling readers on the text and task in front of them.  Participants will be shown specific comprehension strategies using highlighters, post-it notes and index cards to assist ineffective readers to analyze and comprehend text better.  


  • Training Topic: Effective Vocabulary Instruction for the Struggling Adult Learner
  • Date: June 30
  • Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • Instructor: Cecilia A. Hicks, Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • Description: Many adult learners struggle with reading for a variety of reasons. This workshop will explore several of these reasons and offer instructors  research-  and evidence-based solutions to this literacy dilemma. The primary focus of this training will be on vocabulary development. Participants will leave with proven strategies and activities designed to foster vocabulary development in the adult learner.


Participate from the comfort of your own home or office.  All you need is a telephone and access to the Internet. We will send you a toll-free number and web address (URL) when you register. On the evening of the workshop, you simply join the conference call and go to the web site which will allow you to access the slide show. 

Register today

Questions?  Contact Yari Payne at payney@floridaliteracy.org or (407) 246-7110 ext. 203. 

These trainings are collaborative learning events brought to you by the Florida Adult Literacy Resource Center, a program of the Florida Literacy Coalition. These trainings are made possible through the support of the Florida Department of Education, Division of Career and Adult Education.    

We Want (YOU!) Literacy Super Sleuths

We want YOU!, Literacy Super Sleuths, to help us collect Promising Practices at the Florida Literacy Conference this year!

Wikipedia defines Promising Practices (aka: best practices) as:

A technique, method, process, activity, incentive, or reward that is believed to be more effective at delivering a particular outcome than any other technique, method, process, etc. when applied to a particular condition or circumstance.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to identify as many Promising Practices as possible.



  • Aliases: “Ah-Ha” or “Eureka” moments
  • Common whereabouts: concurrent sessions, knowledge cafes and general conversation
  • Alliances: identified Promising Practices are “locked up” on the FLC website

Think of them as buried treasures that need to be uncovered.  As they come up and/or are revealed at conference, point them out and encourage the Promising Practice be submitted to the FLC, so others can learn from it!  It can be about ANYTHING related to adult and family literacy programs – program management, volunteer training/recruiting, implementing lesson plans, etc…  

Promising Practice submission forms will be available at the FLC table in the exhibitor area and at the registration table.  Grab a few each morning and hand one out when you encounter someone sharing something you think others could benefit from knowing. 

We’re counting on you, Literacy Super Sleuths!  

If you have a Promising Practice you’d like to submit before conference – don’t wait!  Submit it now!